First up, we headed to Cosumnes to target things like GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. It took us a while but it worked out in the end:
City Cemetery targeting BROWN CREEPER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Managed to find both. Here's the latter:
William Land Park in Sacramento hoping to bump into the Hammond's Flycatcher that has been seen sporadically there this winter. No luck with the flycatcher but I found my year TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and photographed the HOODED MERGANSERS there:
Blue Heron Trail portion of Stone Lakes NWR; I had a hunch it was my best shot at AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. Apparently they agreed:
Camden Park didn't yield any Black-crowned Night-Herons, a species I still need for the year, but there was still a male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE on the lake. Sharp looking dude:
Folsom Rodeo Grounds was in store to target HUTTON'S VIREO and RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW. I picked up a bonus WILD TURKEY along the way, managed to hear the RCSPs, and this HUVI was obliging:
Lew Howard Park I went. I actually found one before I even parked; it flew right over the road as I was arriving. That's stupid. Here's a documentation pic:
Take a listen to this recording of a PUFI from Vancouver, see what I mean? Now I know.
I ventured back to Nimbus Fish Hatchery to see if there were any odd gulls around. I didn't see our ICGU from before so I instead took pictures of mixed goldeneye flocks. Here are two male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE on the left and two male COMMON GOLDENEYE on the right:
Whew. In the end, I reached 150 species in the county in the first week of the year. All of a sudden, it hit me that I'm basically 3/4ths through the species I'll see in Sacramento County this year already! I looked at my pace in 2014 and it took me 3 weeks to hit 150 so I guess I'm ahead of schedule.
So branching out a bit, we actually took a detour one day and headed up into Gates Canyon in Solano County. I love this canyon. We weren't very far in when we noticed BAND-TAILED PIGEONS freaking everywhere:
Anyway, up through today, the 10th, we're happily perched at #1 and #2 in the county this year. Of course, that doesn't really mean anything, it's just been fun to start fast.